DIY face serum

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Our skin is our body’s largest detoxification organ, which is why the products we use on our skin are so important.  Creating your own luxe face serum is super easy and far more cost effective (around $8-10 for 20ml of serum) than buying expensive skincare products, that often have ingredients that are known to disrupt hormones, as well as being carcinogenic.

What’s more, you can reduce plastic waste in your home by purchasing a glass dropper bottle in which to keep your serum, and simply top up with ingredients when you run out.

You can use any carrier oil you like – jojoba oil, rosehip oil, fractionated coconut oil, apricot kernel oil, or macadamia oil.

You can use just one essential oil (i.e. just lavender, or just frankincense), or a combination.  DIY skincare is meant to be fun, so feel free to experiment (that includes with quantities too) based on what is right for your skin, this recipe is simply a suggestion to help you get started.

I’ve chosen lavender and frankincense because they are two of the most popular oils for skin, and they go together like Princess Megan and Prince Harry.  As well as being great for skin, they are both very calming.

Lavender is known as ‘princess of the skin’ – it is used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and irritations.

Frankincense – known as ‘the King of Oils’ – also reduces skin imperfections  – the ancient Egyptians used Frankincense resign for soothing skin and today it is used throughout the world to rejuvenate skin and help reduce the appearance of imperfections.

All essential oils are not created equal – often they are adulterated, have synthetic fillers and therefore aren’t as effective, which is why I use doTERRA essential oils, I know that what I’m buying is 100% pure therapeutic grade, no pesticides, heavy metals or anything synthetic.

What you will need
6 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops Frankincense essential oil
20ml of organic jojoba oil or rosehip oil
Coloured glass dropper bottle

What to do:
Add the essential oils to the glass dropper bottled followed by your carrier oil, put the lid on, give it a little bit of a shake and voila, you’ve just made your very own luxe face serum in way less time than it takes to boil and egg. Yes, it really is that easy!

Note: Myrrh, Sandalwood, Helichrysum, Vetiver, Rose, Blue Tansy, Copaiba, geranium, Ylang Ylang are also lovely oils for skin.  These oils are on the pricier side (with the exception of Geranium), so if you have a doTERRA account I recommend using your rewards points to get these oils for free (this is how I get the more expensive oils without having to pay).

How much do these essential oils cost?
doTERRA’s lavender essential oil is 0.11 cents per drop, it’s Frankincense oil is 0.36 cents per drop.  You can buy these bottles individually with a wholesale doTERRA account ($28.00 AUD for a 15ml bottle of lavender, $90.00 AUD for 15ml bottle of Frankincense – 250 drops in each bottle).

It costs $35 to set up a wholesale account (which you can find instructions on how to do here), or you can start with an enrolment kit, which waives your wholesale membership fee, and is much more cost effective than purchasing these oils individually. The Home Essentials Kit and Essential Collections Kits with Smart & Sassy are the most popular.

If you’re not quite ready to set up a wholesale account but would love to give this recipe a try (I get that!), my friends at The Clean Collective have a fab little DIY 60 second Jojoba and lavender face serum kit for $50 (they also sell each of the items in the kit individually) and
you can get a 5% discount when you enter the coupon code ZARADCOTTA

 

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Zara is a healthy home consultant, author and keynote speaker on a mission to empower 1 million people to takes steps towards a healthier home. Zara learned about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Zara is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of our time, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was a finalist in the 2014 Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards. She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications. Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

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